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Registered MBACP (Accred)

About me

I know there are a dizzying number of therapists out there that you are attempting to choose between!   It’s essential you find the right therapist for you; someone you feel comfortable talking to. That’s why I’m happy to offer a free 20 minute consultation, so you can meet me or talk to me and decide if I’m the right one.

Sessions are face-to-face.

Considering counselling isn’t done lightly, it can feel daunting, but it can also be the start of a better future. The anonymity, confidentiality and non-judgemental nature of counselling make it a unique experience that everyone can benefit from.

Life can be complex and challenging. Talking to friends and family can help but it's not always enough or appropriate - this is where seeking professional help for yourself comes in.

I work in a friendly, down-to-earth way to build a strong therapeutic relationship with you so that you feel safe to talk about and explore whatever's going on for you. You will be listened to in confidence, with respect and empathy, and without being judged.

For most people counselling is life-enhancing, enlightening and empowering (it can even be fun!). It can offer you new ways to understand yourself and others.

The aims of counselling are to provide greater understanding and perspective on your problems; to understand your reactions and behaviours better; to develop personal insight and self awareness; to achieve greater self-acceptance and gain a sense of empowerment.   You can then work towards a more positive sense of who you are, what is important to you, the choices you have and the goals you want to achieve, thus enabling lasting change.

Being an integrative counsellor means that I have studied a variety of psychological theories and approaches and we can use this knowledge to fit your individual personality and counselling needs.

I am an experienced counsellor with 12 years in private practice.  I am an Accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and am on their Register of Therapists.

My background is in group training and an enduring interest in people led me into my counselling career. I am NHS trained, have worked with the homeless and was a counsellor at The Heart of Kent Hospice for 5 years. I have been in private practice for 12 years, offering counselling from my own peaceful garden room (as pictured)

Feel free to contact me for further information, to arrange a counselling session or to arrange to come and meet me for the free 20 minutes to see if Im the therapist for you.
Fees can be negotiated in cases of hardship so please ask.

Training, qualifications & experience

Registered MBACP (Accredited)

This means I am a member of The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and that I have completed the additional requirements/qualification with them to be an accredited member .

Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Distinction)
NHS trained

5 years pre and post bereavement hospice work

Group training and therapeutic group work

1 year working with vulnerable adults in a homeless unit

10 years Private practice

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

£50 per hour for one to one counselling

(negotiable in cases of hardship so please ask)



Free initial 20 minute consultation if requested

When I work

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I undertake to see you within a week of enquiry, if not sooner.
Appointments are available 9am to 5pm

Bearsted, Maidstone, Kent, ME14

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom